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Poster: Video-Cellar Date: Nov 25, 2009 7:41am
Forum: feature_films Subject: Re: What happen to the movie Topper?

Hal Roach Studios colorization process was pretty natural looking for the video technology at the time. I have a few of their tapes (they did the PD Sherlock Holmes, DOA, Father's Little Dividend) for early 80s colorization they look OK with believable colour schemes. They often used people involved in the creation of the films. Frank Capra was colour consultant for their colorizations of "It's a Wonderful Life" and "Meet John Doe". But when a financial deal fell through he left the project and started to speak out against colorization.

HRS sold colorization to an Australian company which continues to this day. They have developed it to the point that they are now the cutting edge in digital colouring. Most of the footage that you see in the War in Color type shows are colorized using the grandchild of the HRS system. They fool most people into thinking that they are seeing genuine color footage. So it has come a long way.

The system that Turner used was pretty much crap. Their colour version of "The Big Sleep" has colorized foregrounds and B/W backgrounds in some scenes and "Count of Monte Cristo" with Robert Donat, everyone was bright pink.

Turner's "computer colored" films were often over saturated with just the wrong colours. In "Suspicion", Cary Grant and Joan Fontain can be seen were bright Green tweed riding outfits, the glass of milk is bright yellow and Nigel Bruce as very red hair.

Turner's ones were done by the company that is now Legend Films. They also did a lot of work for Fox (all the Shirly Temple features and Mark of Zorro). Their work is still plagued by a really poor colour palette.

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Poster: guyzilla Date: Dec 3, 2009 5:04pm
Forum: feature_films Subject: Re: What happen to the movie Topper?

Did Turner colorize any Disney movies? I saw "The Absent-mined Professor" colorized and thought it stunk because in a lot of scenes Fred MacMurray was in color but the background was b&w.